Today and the next couple weeks I'll feature some art from Paul de Vos.
Image credit The State Hermitage Museum, Still Life With Game and Lobster, Pauwel (Paul) de Vos, ca 1610, oil on canvas, 47" x 71", held by The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
And the obligatory close-up of the scairdy (is that spelled right?) cat in the center foreground:
And here's a Gotcha, noted by yours truly. I now consider myself an amateur art historian based upon me doing my weekly Cats in Art post for over 6 years now.
Here's the error: Bugler's book attributes this image to the Flemish artist Frans Snyders, which is a mistake. A diligent search of the web confirms the painter as Pauwel (Paul) de Vos. While Frans Snyders did do many still life paintings, including one long-windedly entitled Still Life with Game Suspended on Hooks, a Lobster on a
I can only assume that when Bulger assembled the art for her book, the presence of the words "game" and "lobster" in Snyders' title above threw her off.
Just check out this page (you'll need to scroll down to the "S" paintings) for nearly a score of other Snyders paintings beginning with the words "Still Life...." in the title and note the similarities. This must have been one of the schools of painting during the time when both artists were active in the 1600s.
Back to the painting itself. Bugler tells us:
This tempting array of game and fish is enough to whet the appetite of any domestic animal. The dog and cat have made their stealthy advances on the display, but have encountered each other, and it looks as the though the dog is about to gain the upper hand in the confrontation.
My take? Yes, the dog has prevailed...in this case. But in the long run, of course cats rule! Now that that's out of the way, regarding this image, the poor kitty has been psyched out, big time. But if they would agree to peaceful co-existence, there's plenty of food for everyone. Just share, you guys.
Also, de Vos has well captured the essence of scared catness. He must have had kitties to have painted this one so well: the ears, the eyes, the tail, the overall posture.
And another gem from the Hermitage web page, regarding the provenance of this painting: